TateHindle Architects

CIBSE Project of the Year: The Institute of Physics

CIBSE Project of the Year Award Winner: The Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics has won the CIBSE Project of the Year- Commercial/Industrial, which celebrates buildings that effectively demonstrate high levels of user satisfaction and comfort while delivering outstanding measured building performance.

The new headquarters for the Institute of Physics (IOP) in King’s Cross is a highly sustainable building which acts as a ‘living lab’ to showcase physics and innovative technology. This radical reworking of a 19th century terrace creates an inquisitive and contemporary headquarters for the institute. For the first time, the Institute has a public building to provide education and exhibition facilities alongside a London office, an Accelerator Centre for start-ups, lecture theatre, and members’ room. IOPs new home sits within the Knowledge Quarter, linking to a burgeoning community of educational, research and cultural institutions clustered within the hub’s one-mile radius.

A building of two eras; the historic facade above blends seamlessly with the open designed glass entrance below, inviting the community in. The structure remains sympathetic to the building’s heritage whilst maintaining a modern edge. TateHindle worked tirelessly to create a building that showcases cutting-edge technology and champions sustainability (BREEAM Excellent 78.8% certified), but crucially provides a welcoming centre for members, staff and local community. The striking sense of transparency that unites the building creates an inspiring environment for exhibitions, lectures and conferences - an ideal way to welcome people through the IOPs doors.